Learning Support

Graduate development: supporting you every step of the way

Your PhD journey is about more than your thesis; developing personal and professional skills is an important part of being a postgraduate researcher. Researcher development training is designed to help you develop the skills needed to undertake focused research, to write up and present your work and will also support  you  in developing your research career and exploring your options outside of academia. Accessing and attending training  is also a great way to meet researchers from different schools and disciplines.

Your training should be tailored to you and your needs and devised in consultation with your supervisor and reviewed on a regular basis.  The Faculty Research Development teams, University Library and Careers Service offer an extensive range of training to equip you with the skills to complete your research degree and will support you in achieving your personal and professional development goals.

So, whether you’re just beginning your PhD or you’ve been here a while, here’s a guide to where you can find resources and information to help you this academic year:

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Researcher Development team offer a flexible programme of workshops, online resources and one-to-one support. They can equip you with the skills needed to complete your research degree. They can provide access to experiences that will develop you as a person, a researcher and a professional. They can provide you with opportunities to meet with, socialise and collaborate with other researchers. You can find information about all their opportunities here. You can also follow them onTwitter and Facebook.

Faculty of Humanities

We aim to develop the intellectual leaders of the future. Visit the faculty of Humanities training hub ProGRess@humanities for details of all the training and professional development opportunities available. Contact your researcher development team and follow their blog, twitter or Facebook page for lots of other relevant information and tips.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

The Centre for Academic and Researcher Development provides foundation and intermediate level training at key stages of your postgraduate research degree and will help you to thrive as an independent researcher. More information about the training and development opportunities available, including our Doctoral Academy training programme, can be found here.

Careers Service

Information on how dedicated support for PGRs from the careers service, including a forthcoming series of specialist events for PGR students.

The Library  

My Research Essentials is a programme of training workshops, information sessions and online designed specifically for PGRs. Topics include resources to use during the research process, recent developments scholarly communication tools and research funder policy requirements.

Through Research IT the University’s IT services provide specialised eResearch capabilities.